Nueva Esperanza Community Action Program
Nueva Esperanza Community Action Program is carried out by a Sisterhood of Community Healers
who are actively engaged in:
for collective liberation.
1. Trauma Healing
for personal and collective liberation.
Nueva Esperanza Community Action program is fueled by a sisterhood of 9 young women who are in an intensive process of healing in their own lives and in the broader fabric of their community.
Members of the Nueva Esperanza sisterhood are actively emerging as community healers by:
1. Engaging in individual somatic therapy sessions twice monthly to identify and transform patterns and trauma that impede their growth, and tap into the healing medicine of their body's intuition.
2. Attending monthly trainings in non-violent communication and collective healing techniques.
3. Cultivating a culture of feedback in which conflicts are brought to light and transformed through restorative circles, mediation, and vulnerable expression and empathetic listening.
3. University Studies for Healing and Transformation
2. Community Leadership
for deepening connection and resilience.
Nueva Esperanza sisterhood members take on active leadership roles in their community.
They design and facilitate weekly meetings, to enhance inter-personal relations and emotional well-being in their community, drawing from their ever-growing knowledge base of practical tools and exercises to heal and transform cycles of inter-generational trauma and violence.
Sisterhood members facilitate the following weekly community groups:
1. Children's group, ages 8 to 13
2. Youth group (Jóvenes en Acción), ages 14-25
3. Women's group, ages 20+
3. Purpose-Based Education
for healing and transformation.
Members of the Nueva Esperanza sisterhood take part in both formal and informal educational opportunities to build their power and social consciousness as effective community leaders and healers.
Jacqueline, pictured above with her daughter Valeria, is studying social work, and recently participated in a day-trip to learn about and support the women factory workers participating in a hunger strike demanding stolen wages and just compensation.
Sisterhood members further their education in the following ways:
1. Pursuing university degrees that can enhance their work of community healing and liberation
2. Participating in workshops on topics such as: gender, cognitive behavioral therapy, group facilitation techniques, grief rituals etc.
3. Participating in trips to historical memory sites, exchanges with other organized youth, and trips to support social justice movements